Hone your creative storytelling skills through an immersive exploration of photography and pop music — two forms of self-expression that have had an indelible impact on New York's cultural landscape.

This course will encourage students to tap into New York City as a resource and muse for innovative storytelling via photography and pop music. As students immerse their senses and articulate their unique creative expression, they will also begin to explore the craft behind each art form. Both disciplines will have projects and critical thinking exercises that ask students to employ creativity and thoughtful analysis of political, social and historical themes.

This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college and life after high school. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Students will study photography both as a practical and an aesthetic venture while developing their visual vocabulary through the study of important photographers and photojournalists. The intent is to translate what the student sees and feels — whether using a professional DSLR or a smartphone camera — into photographs that express an artistic, narrative or journalistic perspective.

• Students will be introduced to the study of popular music and its role in our culture, investigating the music industry while examining the worlds of creative fandom and studying how music intersects with society and politics. Students will also have the opportunity to explore and develop their own creative expression.

• This is a new course. Possible site visits include: Central Park SummerStage, Museum of the Moving Image, Eusonia Studios, International Center of Photography andConey Island. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• This is a new course. Possible speakers include: Jeffrey Henson Scales (New York Times Photography Editor), Jackie Molloy (Photojournalist), Xavier Jernigan (Head of Playlisting at Spotify) and Scott Jacoby (GRAMMY Award-winning Producer & Engineer).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*
Residential Program: $5,825*

Dates: June 21 - July 3

Location: New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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